Mate Pavic: It wouldn't hurt the Australian crowd to show respect to all players



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Mate Pavic: It wouldn't hurt the Australian crowd to show respect to all players

Mate Pavic said showing a little respect wouldn't hurt the Australian crowd. On Friday, top-seeded Pavic and Nikola Mektic sufffered a surprise defeat to Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis, who enjoyed a massive support from the beginning until the end, handed a 7-6 (8) 6-3 loss to Pavic and Mektic.

After the match, Pavic was asked what it was like playing in front of a rowdy crowd. "Yeah, it's loud. They are pretty loud. Obviously they cheer for Aussies," Pavic said, per Wide World of Sports. "It wouldn't hurt them to show some respect to all opponents, to other players.

"We saw yesterday also with Medvedev how it was. "So, yeah, I mean, that's how they are here. We're used to that. But like I said, yeah, it wouldn't hurt them to show some respect."

Pavic, Daniil Medvedev call out the crowd

On Thursday, Medvedev overcame Kyrgios in four sets in the Australian Open second round.

After the match, Medvedev said the crowd was showing lack of respect at times during the match. “It’s a little bit disappointing. I guess it’s normal that everyone experiences it, especially when you play a home favourite and not just any home favourite, but Nick.

A few moments on my serve, where he managed to make some good returns, and then we have a breakpoint [on] second serve and people are cheering like you’ve already made a double-fault," Medvedev said after beating Kyrgios.

On the other side, Pavic's partner, Mektic, admitted the atmosphere was loud but added that Kokkinakis and Kyrgios will be difficult to beat Melbourne Park. "It all went very fast, very loud," Mektic said.

"We barely survived yesterday just to fight another day. It looks like, just the guys played really well. They're a nasty team to beat here and that's it. We just fell short."